Racing MÃ©tro suffered yet another setback to their season as they lost 25-9 to Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles while Stade FranÃ§ais edged Oyonnax.
Racing MÃ©tro suffered yet another setback to their season as they lost 25-9 to Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles while Stade FranÃ§ais edged out Oyonnax 29-26.
Biarritz picked up a rare win on the road as they beat Grenoble 22-20 while Perpignan pipped Brive 12-6. Castres recovered from 3-22 down to beat Toulouse 29-27 in Saturday's late game.
Clermont 42-16 Montpellier
Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles 25-9 Racing MÃ©tro
Grenoble 20-22 Biarritz
Stade FranÃ§ais 29-26 Oyonnax
Perpignan 12-6 Brive
Castres 29-27 Toulouse
Sunday, December 30
Bayonne v Toulon
Union Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles 25-9 Racing MÃ©tro 92
Stade AndrÃ© Moga, BÃ¨gles
Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles kicked a depleted Racing MÃ©tro side while they were down as they won with an impressive showing at Stade AndrÃ© Moga that puts them in touch with the top six.
While they scored just one try through full-back Darly Domvo, it was the boot of Pierre Bernard that did the damage as he contributed 20 points to Benjamin Dambielle's nine.
Pen: Bernard 6
Yellow: Madaule (46 mins), Florea (61 mins), Connor (77 mins)
For Racing MÃ©tro:
Pen: Dambielle 3
Yellow: Qovu (37 mins)
Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles: 15 Darly Domvo, 14 Metuisela Talebula, 13 Felix Le Bourhis, 12 Thibault Lacroix, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Matthew Clarkin, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Louis Benoit Madaule, 5 Alikisio Fakate, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Albert Toetu, 2 Wayne Avei, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux.
Replacements: 16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Laurent Delboulbes, 18 Cameron Treloar, 19 Poutasi Luafutu, 20 Emmanuel Saubusse, 21 Julien Rey, 22 Nicolas Sanchez, 23 Silviu Florea.
Racing MÃ©tro: 15 Benjamin Lapeyre, 14 Adrien Plante, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Benjamin Dambielle, 9 Laurent Magnaval, 8 Jone Qovu, 7 Antoine Battut, 6 Camille Gerondeau, 5 Karim Ghezal, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Virgile Lacombe, 1 Julien Brugnaut.
Replacements: 16 Jeremie Maurouard, 17 Davit Khinchagishvili, 18 Francois van der Merwe, 19 Masinivanua Matadigo, 20 Xavier Chauveau, 21 Benjamin Fall, 22 Fabrice Estebanez, 23 Walter Desmaison.
Referee: Salem Attalah
FC Grenoble 20-22 Biarritz Olympique
Stade LesdiguiÃ¨res, Grenoble
No one expected this. With nothing left to lose, Biarritz kept their slim hopes of avoiding relegation alive as they become the first team to win at Stade LesdiguiÃ¨res this season.
Grenoble led 10-6 at half-time but the Basques came back in the second period to snatch victory at the death as Daniel Waenga kicked the winning penalty after the final hooter.
Tries: Vanderglas, Alexandre
Con: Hart 2
Pen: Hart 2
Pen: Pietersen 2, Waenga 2
Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Benjamin Thiery, 13 Rida Jaouher, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Ratu Ratini, 10 Blair Stewart, 9 James Hart, 8 Peter Kimlin, 7 Henry Vanderglas, 6 Jonathan Best, 5 Andrew Farley, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Anthony Hegarty, 1 Albertus Buckle.
Replacements: 16 Kenan Mutapcic, 17 Vincent Campo Castillo, 18 Benjamin Hand, 19 Fabien Alexandre, 20 Florian Faure, 21 Julien Caminati, 22 Mathieu Loree, 23 Richard Choirat.
Biarritz: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Charles Gimenez, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Daniel Waenga, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Ueleni Fono, 7 Tanguy Molcard, 6 Benoit Guyot, 5 Mathias Marie, 4 Erik Lund, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Fabien Barcella.
Replacements: 16 Jean Philippe Genevois, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Addison Lockley, 19 Thibault Dubarry, 20 Luix Roussarie, 21 Julien Peyrelongue, 22 Paul Couet Iannes, 23 Ben Broster.
Referee: Patrick Pechambert
Stade FranÃ§ais Paris 29-26 US Oyonnax
Stade Jean Bouin, Paris
A late penalty from Morne Steyn saw Stade FranÃ§ais beat a spirited Oyonnax side at Stade Jean Bouin in a result that saw Richard Kingi score two of their four tries in the contest.
It had looked like being a 26-26 draw after the hosts' penalty try, Kingi's brace and one from Julien Dupuy mirrored scores from Silvere Tian (2), Christophe Andre and Viliami Ma'afu.
But up stepped Steyn to seal the win that moves Stade FranÃ§ais second in the standings.
For Stade FranÃ§ais:
Tries: Penalty, Kingi 2, Dupuy
Con: Steyn 3
Pen: Steyn 2
Tries: Tian 2, Andre, Ma'afu
Con: Lespinas 2, Urdapilleta
Yellow: Denos (35 mins)
Stade FranÃ§ais: 15 Jerome Porical, 14 Waisea Vuidravuwalu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Julien Arias, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 David Lyons, 7 Sylvain Nicolas, 6 Scott Lavalla, 5 Gerhard Mostert, 4 Anton Van zyl, 3 David Attoub, 2 Remi Bonfils, 1 Heineke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Romain Frou, 18 Alexandre Flanquart, 19 Benjamin Macome, 20 Richard Kingi, 21 Paul Williams, 22 Digby Ioane, 23 Sakaria Taulafo.
Oyonnax: 15 Florian Denos, 14 Silvere Tian, 13 Pierre Aguillon, 12 Roimata Pune, 11 Samuela Wara, 10 Regis Lespinas, 9 Agustin Figuerola, 8 Viliami Ma'afu, 7 Scott Newlands, 6 Joseph El Abd, 5 Damien Lagrange, 4 Thibault Lassalle, 3 Marc Clerc, 2 Jody Jenneker, 1 Lukas Rapant.
Replacements: 16 Salim Tebani, 17 Clement Baiocco, 18 Miroslav Nemecek, 19 Christophe Andre, 20 Fabien Cibray, 21 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 22 Guillaume Bousses, 23 Antoine Tichit.
Referee: Christophe Berdos
USA Perpignan 12-6 CA Brive-CorrÃ¨ze
Stade AimÃ© Giral, Perpignan
Perpignan, who were missing James Hook and Tommaso Allan due to their international commitments, closed the gap on Brive to just four points after beating them on Saturday.
No tries were scored so it was Sebastien Descons' boot that did the damage, landing four penalty goals to Gaetan Germain's two in a win that leaves USAP eight points off the top six.
Pen: Descons 4
Yellow: Guirado (80 mins)
Pen: Germain 2
Yellow: Briatte (53 mins)
Perpignan: 15 Joffrey Michel, 14 Richard Haughton, 13 David Marty, 12 Lifeimi Mafi, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Sebastien Descons, 9 Nicolas Durand, 8 Daniel Leo, 7 Alasdair Strokosch, 6 Jean Pierre Perez, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Guillaume Vilaceca, 3 Giorge Jgenti, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
Replacements: 16 Romain Terrain, 17 Sebastien Taofifenua, 18